Para makes a few also.
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I'm looking for a Commander size 1911 in 9mm for my wife She has a full size 1911 Colt in .45 which she shoots very well but it's a little big to conceal and she's developed arthritis in her hands which makes the recoil a bit too much. Looking at the Kimbers..would like other recommendations. Thanks
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Para makes a few also.
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S&W makes a scandium frame Commander sized 1911... I have two of them. Light and reliable too.
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A smaller, lighter gun in the same caliber is only going to make recoil worse. She may want to consider going to a smaller caliber and a polymer frame or a steel framed .38 revolver to cut down on recoil. My mother has arthritis in her hands and likes the SIG P239 in 9mm.
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Take a look at the Springfield EMP, I just picked one up and was amazed.
Also the Aegis Kimber is very nice.
The Para LTC comes in 9mm, that's a Commander Sized 9mm, Kimber also has the Aegis II line which has a Pro (4" model) in 9mm, as well as the Tactical II line, which also has a pro in 9mm.
The EMP mentioned above is a great 9mm, but is of the 3" design (although Springfield did redesign the gun) if a Commander sized gun can't be found, the EMP would be my first pick of 3" 9mm 1911s.
Barring the 1911s from the group, I would also suggest something along the lines of a Kahr K9
STI makes the Ranger ll which should fit the bill. I really like my 9mm Trojan (5"). The Ranger ll uses a dual spring recoil system (Recoilmaster) that some say does help tame recoil a bit. This system can be "switched out" for a conventional guide rod/spring set-up.
I have a bit of arthritis in my hands. My 5" Trojan (single spring recoil system) is lightyears easier to rack the slideon than my 45 Springfield 1911's. I've never racked the slide on a Ranger ll, though.
another vote for EMP is great, rent it try it.
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I vote for the Para LTC if you can find one
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Commander size is 4.25 inch barrel. Lots of suggestions for shorter models here. If going that route, and cost is not an object, I'd suggest Wlson Combat in 4 inch. Available in either Officers or Government (Commander) grip size, your choice of steel or aluminum.
Going back to basics, you've had good luck with the Colt 1911. Commander size? Sort of surprised no one has suggested the obvious. Commander (either light weight or Combat steel). Hard to argue with the pony....
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Anymore it seems like it's acceptable to call a 4" a "Commander".
FWIW, the 4" guns don't seem to have some of the troubles that plague 3.5" and smaller guns, but I still prefer the 4.25".
To the best of my knowledge, the only production 4.25" 9mm. is from Para, although it would certainly be possible to have a .45 converted, or to have one built.
Nighthawk has a model called the Ladyhawk which is a Commander sized 9mm designed specifically for the fairer sex. It's pretty spendy, but quite impressive.
You ought to look at Fusion Firearms - have them give you a quote on a custom build up of just exactly what she wants. They tend to end up priced like an upper end factory gun for a completely bespoke pistol.